The West Chester Story Slam is a monthly event where anyone can get on stage and tell a five minute story based on the theme of the night. Inspired by urban story slams such as the Windy City Story Slam and Philadelphia’s First Person Arts Story Slam, along with The Moth and NPR’s This American Life, a few friends first met in Jim Breslin‘s living room to tell stories in November, 2009.
In January, 2010, the West Chester Story Slam officially debuted at Ryan’s Pub. After two seasons at Ryan’s, the Story Slam moved to Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown for one year. In 2013, the Story Slam returned to the borough, with events being held at Side Bar. Over the first four years, approximately 440 stories, some touching and others hilarious, have been told in front of a rousing audience. In addition to the live event, the website features videos of selected stories. A monthly podcast is also produced featuring selected stories from the live event and is available through iTunes.
For the 2014 season, the West Chester Story Slam live events will take place at Side Bar & Restaurant, which is located in the borough of West Chester. Come on out to listen or to tell your story! Also – check out our sister event, Delco Story Slam, which debuts in January, 2013.
Questions can be emailed to Jim Breslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.